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Block Party
Quote of the Week
San Marco, Venice, Italy
Packing - Luggage, Backpacks, and Bags

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Block Party
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     Most of you know that I love knitting.  It's something I can do when I'm not traveling - and when I am traveling.  
     My least favorite part about knitting - one that is shared by many knitters - is blocking and finishing the projects. I have been letting unblocked projects accumulate for several months. And, if they aren't blocked, I can't wear them.  
     My daughter received a set of blocking mats for Christmas - actually they are two-foot square floor tiles, but are made just like the expensive blocking mats knitter's supply places sell. They are just larger and cheaper. She loaned them to me so I have been having a "block party," or maybe "blocking party" would be a more appropriate phase. Either way, I know what I will be putting on my Christmas list this year.  
     I have been having some knee trouble for awhile - not bad, just bothersome - and just did not relish the thought of crawling around on the floor where I had been blocking my projects. With the mats, I can block knitwear on my dining room table. I've blocked three projects this week and only have two more to be caught up.  
     I've been sewing in ends and adding the projects to my Ravelry project page - still more work to do there, though. 
     It feels good to get caught up. Now, I'll have more time to spend planning my next trip! 

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Quote of the Week - 24 March 2017

"My favorite thing is to go where I've never been."

– Diane Arbus

This Week's Post:

San Marco, Venice, Italy

You may have heard of San Marco in Venice, Italy, but if you’ve never been there, you probably don’t realize the scope of it.  San Marco, known as Saint Mark’s in English, includes a large plaza, a bell tower, a large basilica or church, and a museum.

San Marco, is one of two main location points in Venice.  While walking around Venice, visitors will often see signs pointing to San Marco or Rialto (the famous bridge).  If you know where your hotel is located relative to one of these landmarks, you just need to follow the signs to get to familiar territory. It’s fun to wander into unknown areas, to see real Venetians at work or play, and then use the directional signs to make your way back.

The Piazza (Plaza)

You will know you have arrived in the area of San Marco when you come upon the large plaza...

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From the Archives:
Packing - Luggage, Backpacks, and Bags

I’ve been thinking a lot about luggage lately.  I’m taking a graduate class in digital media and needed to do a capstone project.  I decided to produce a video about choosing luggage.  Someday, I may post it here, but for now…

I’ve talked a bit in the past about packing in a carry-on bag and I still promote that idea.  You may not agree, so I got out all my old luggage, took some pictures and I’ll talk about them a bit.

Standard Luggage

On my first couple of trips abroad, I didn’t worry as much about packing light. In fact, I checked a bag each time until a trip in 2014.  On one trip, the suitcase that I was using broke, so I had to buy a new one – in Europe.  Luckily, I was able to find one without much trouble, although my choice was somewhat limited...

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Tour of Paris - 2017

The dates have been chosen!  My next tour will be September 8 - 17, 2017.  Paris is my favorite city in Europe and I’d love to share it with you. Click on the link below for more information.  

10 Day Tour of Paris

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